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'Last Jedi' Is Only The Beginning For The New 'Star Wars' Team

2 hours 15 min ago

Director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman have worked together for 15 years. Their new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will kick off the first of four Star Wars movies they'll work on together.

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Mediocre 'Ferdinand' Will Have Bored Parents Seeing Red

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:01pm

Munro Leaf's classic children story about a pacifist bull becomes a formulaic animated film indistinguishable from scores of others.

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'The Ballad Of Lefty Brown' Is A Variation On A Familiar Tune

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:00pm

Bill Pullman stars as an Old West sidekick who loses his hero and embarks upon a quest for vengeance in writer/director Jared Moshe's straight-shooting Western.

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Potent Cocktail Of Drama And Documentary Explores A Mysterious Death: 'Wormwood'

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:00pm

Filmmaker Errol Morris employs fictional techniques — and famous actors — in this 241-minute meditation on the demise of a CIA operative in 1953 that left a son obsessed with finding answers.

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'Birdboy' Is A Dark, Beautiful, Boundary-Pushing Animated Film

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:00pm

Three adorable anthropomorphic animals wander a post-apocalyptic hellscape in this hand-drawn animated film from Spain that "thumbs its nose at traditional G-rated storytelling."

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The Legacy Of Surfer And Filmmaker Bruce Brown

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 3:45pm

Surfer and filmmaker Bruce Brown, who is best known for the movie Endless Summer, passed away earlier this week. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Matt Holzman of KRCW's The Document about the filmmaker's legacy.

Poetry's Not Dead, And Here Are Books To Help Appreciate It

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 3:45pm

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, received a stack of books over the course of this year to help encourage reading poetry. She began reading skeptically, but grew to love two of them: Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder and A Little Book on Form by Robert Hass.

Allegations Against Celebrity Chefs Reveal Abuse In The Restaurant Industry

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:49pm

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Mario Batali have highlighted abuse in the restaurants, but many people who have worked in kitchens say the industry's problem goes far beyond celebrities.

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31 Years Later, Spike Lee Puts A New Spin On 'She's Gotta Have It'

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:14pm

In a new 10-part Netflix series, Lee revisits his story of a young black artist who loves sex, but isn't interested in a committed relationship.

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Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:03am

When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.

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Tiffany Haddish: 'I Know What I'm Supposed To Do Here On This Earth'

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:07am

The Girl's Trip actress has had what seems like a meteoric rise over the last year: a blockbuster movie, a gig hosting Saturday Night Live, and now a new memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.

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PBS Host Tavis Smiley Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 9:46pm

Variety reports Smiley had sexual relationships with subordinates who were afraid their jobs were on the line. Smiley is the second PBS talk show host suspended in the wake of misconduct allegations.

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'The Last Jedi' Is Not More Of The Same In 'Star Wars' Franchise

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.

'I Came, I Saw, I Selfied': How Instagram Transformed The Way We Experience Art

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:07pm

Immersive exhibits, such as "Infinity Mirrors" and Artechouse, are driving people to museums in search of the perfect snapshot. The craze is changing the way we experience art in the Instagram-era.

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Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose Search For The Perfect Break Redefined Surfing

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:34pm

Brown, who died Sunday at the age of 80, revolutionized how the world viewed the sport with The Endless Summer. But first, he had to struggle to get his beloved movie seen.

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As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:23pm

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.

Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:23pm

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.

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How A Woman Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:17pm

Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:02am

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Deathless Prose Added To Our Collective Memories In 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:33pm

Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, talks about his top 10 quotes for 2017. The quotes span politics, Hollywood, sports and international affairs.

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